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Politics | 4/29/2015 3:05:55 PM
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - As international trade talks continue to intensify, the negotiator responsible for America's agricultural interests told reporters this week that a deal with trading partners along the Pacific Rim could be reached sooner rather than later.
Politics | 4/29/2015 3:01:43 PM
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - The Export-Import Bank's charter is set to expire June 30, and it looks like supporters are going to have to depend on the Senate to rescue it.

Politics | 4/29/2015 2:57:58 PM
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - House Republicans have taken the lead in moving legislation to stop the Obama administration from implementing its rule to redefine what streams, ditches, ponds and other features are regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA) as (waters of the United States) (WOTUS).
Politics | 4/29/2015 2:54:29 PM
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - Urging the swift adoption of commercial drone use regulations, agricultural stakeholders are telling the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that they would like the agency to relax some of its proposed restrictions on the operation of so-called Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), most notably limits on operating range.
Politics | 4/29/2015 2:50:44 PM
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - The poultry industry's conversion toward more space for each laying hen is another California-hatched trend spreading its wings and settling in for the long term across the country.
Politics | 4/29/2015 2:47:27 PM
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - As the number of avian influenza (AI) cases continues to grow, the people on the front line of testing for the diseases are worried about keeping up.
Politics | 4/29/2015 2:41:27 PM
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - Chipotle made news this week with its pronouncement that it has gone GMO free, making it the first fast-food chain to do so. But the company isn't quite free of biotechnology - not even close.
Politics | 4/29/2015 2:38:36 PM
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - Without much fanfare, the Humane Society of the U.S. in January announced the creation of a (Faith Advisory Council) of academics and leaders of several religious denominations, tasked with (reminding people to be responsible stewards and caretakers of God's creation.)
Politics | 4/29/2015 2:34:54 PM
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - On the day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a challenge to the California raisin marketing order, business and consumer groups renewed long-standing criticism of federal milk marketing orders. A coincidence?
Politics | 4/29/2015 2:31:19 PM
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - Without comment, the Supreme Court of the U.S. this week declined to hear an appeal by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and several member cooperatives of a lower court's decision to grant (class action) status for a suit challenging its herd retirement program.
Politics | 4/29/2015 2:27:49 PM
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - The agriculture industry is anxiously awaiting the release of the White House National Pollinator Strategy, particularly how it will address the use of pesticides.
Politics | 4/29/2015 2:23:42 PM
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) recently analyzed how the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan may impact states, regions and the nation.
Politics | 4/29/2015 1:27:07 PM
Multiple initiatives are playing out in global trade development. Atlantic, Pacific, APEC, and Latin regions of the globe are all discussing multilateral and bilateral trade arrangements to enhance economic opportunities.
Politics | 4/29/2015

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - It's a big day for 50 small towns in rural America. As quarterfinalists in the $10 million ‘America's Best Communities' competition, each community will win $50,000 to develop comprehensive revitalization plans.
Politics | 4/28/2015 10:52:39 PM
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015 -- Health officials today confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in two wild birds in McCracken County, Kentucky, a day after five outbreaks were reported at commercial poultry farms in Iowa. A new outbreak of the H5N2 strain was also confirmed in a flock of 27,000 turkeys in Stearns County, Minnesota, the biggest turkey producing state.
Politics | 4/28/2015 8:42:12 PM

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015 - After the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) ravaged American hog numbers and supply, a recent report shows that the elevated prices that resulted may be coming back to earth.
Politics | 4/28/2015 6:47:15 PM
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015- A leader in farm worker labor issues lobbied Congress today to advocate for the mandatory labeling of foods derived from genetically modified crops, or (GMOs.)
Politics | 4/28/2015 6:11:12 PM
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2015-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack expressed concerns today that continued cuts in USDA's operating budget is straining the ability of those who work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to keep doing their jobs well.
Politics | 4/28/2015 3:38:14 PM
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015 - Farm broadcasters report on critical issues impacting the daily lives of U.S. farmers and ranchers. Rural audiences continue to count on radio for their daily news stories, and the winner of The Doan is dedicated to providing timely news to her audience.
Politics | 4/28/2015 2:02:18 PM
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015 - Five Department of Agriculture leaders spoke with members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting earlier today, and all gave notable remarks about programs critical to their respective agencies.
Politics | 4/28/2015 12:36:20 PM
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015- In a letter to House offices today, 373 producer groups, processors, biotech providers, and food companies representing the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, asked Congress members to support a bill that would provide federal food labeling standards for genetically engineered products.
Politics | 4/28/2015 8:15:31 AM
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015 - Tyson Foods Inc. says it expects to end the use of human antibiotics in its U.S. chicken production by September 2017.
Politics | 4/28/2015 4:07:56 AM
BURLINGTON, VT., April 27, 2015 - U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss rejected the food industry's petition to stop Vermont's plan to require labeling on some genetically-modified foods, but has also decided not to dismiss the case - setting the stage for ongoing legal battles.
Politics | 4/27/2015 6:06:21 PM
WASHINGTON, April 26, 2015 - The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact will be high on the agenda as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Washington this week to meet with President Obama and speak to a joint session of Congress
Politics | 4/27/2015 2:40:19 PM
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2015 - USDA announced today that it would provide $285 million, authorized by the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, to support local schools and roads in 41 states and Puerto Rico.
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